Heart failure is a serious chronic condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood to support the needs of other organs in the body.
What causes heart failure? The most common causes of heart failure in Europe include coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), congenital heart defects or damaged heart valves.
What are the symptoms of heart failure? Red flag symptoms include breathlessness, fatigue and swollen limbs. Signs of heart failure may also be associated with an underlying cardiac disorder.
How does heart failure manifest itself? Patients may have symptoms of heart failure for many years before receiving a proper diagnosis. Most often, heart failure is diagnosed when patients have an acute episode, due to worsening of their symptoms, and requiring emergency
Heart failure is a chronic condition characterised by acute episodes, which can lead to admission to hospital, putting the patient at
great risk of death and re-hospitalisation.